August 23 2014

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Pilates Enthusiasts, Meet The Megaformer


You may think of Pilates as one of the more mellow forms of exercise, but “Dynamic Pilates” is anything but. The sweat-inducing, calorie-shredding, hour-long Pilates-based class that is taught on specialized reformers—Megaformers, to those in the know—caters to both upper and lower body muscles using a system of springs and pulleys that utilize focused resistance and counter-resistance movements to sculpt and tone individual muscles. The cardio-meets-weight-bearing motions are packed into one 50-minute class that is helped along by bass-pumping beats (no ambient sounds here, thanks). While Dynamic Pilates has already taken off in Los Angeles (and, oddly enough, in London, where yours truly first experienced its speed-slenderizing effects), the workout just touched down in New York with the opening of the East Coast outpost of Amanda Freeman’s SLT (Strengthen, Lengthen and Tone). Freeman, a devotee of the practice and the founder of the daily health and wellness digital journal Vital Juice, has gotten her hands on the very latest equipment for her 57th Street space, which hosts classes of no more than ten people at a time.

SLT Fitness, 37 W. 57th St., suite 703, NYC, (212) 355-1737.

Photo: Courtesy of SLT Fitness